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Explain what a Study of Mark's Gospel tells Christians about the nature of discipleship?

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Discipleship Assignment Explain what a Study of Mark's Gospel tells Christians about the nature of discipleship? The word disciple means a follower or learner, and this is exactly what Jesus` disciples were, they used to follow him whilst learning the word of God, often through parables. The word disciple was used around 250 times in the New Testament. Apostle was also used interchangeably with disciple, throughout Mark's gospel to name the twelve. Apostle comes from the word 'Apostello', which comes from the Hebrew word, 'Shalah,' meaning to be sent out on a particular task. This meaning shows the authority Jesus had over the disciples. Jesus could be seen as a teacher, and in the same way as a teacher today has authority over the class, Jesus had authority over his disciples. But the authority that Jesus had can't be compared to anyone's, this is shown in Mark 1: 17-18 when the first four disciples were called, 'Jesus said to them "Come with me, and I will teach you how to catch people' At once they left their nets and went to him."' ...read more.

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This quote also tells us about not discriminating against any one, 'peach the gospel to the whole human race' Co-operation was shown in Mark 6:7-12 " He called the twelve disciples together and sent them out two by two...and ordered them, 'Don't take any thing with you on your journey except a stick - no bread, no beggar's bag, no money in your pocket. Wear sandals, but don't carry an extra shirt. He also said, 'whenever you are welcomed, stay in the same house until you leave that place'..." This story shows that not only did the disciples have to work co-operatively amongst each other but also amongst the town people where God's message was to be spread. This story tests the faith and courage of the disciples not only in Jesus but also the people around. The last quality that the disciples had to show was not to discriminate against any one, Jesus had came to save us all. ...read more.

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Teacher," the man said, "ever since I was young, I have obeyed all these commandments." Jesus looked straight at him with love and said, "You need only one thing. Go sell all you have and give the money to the poor, and you will have the riches in heaven; then come and follow me." When the man heard this, gloom spread over his face, and he went away sad because he was very rich.' Someone who could take up this challenge though can be found in Mark 12: 41-44 'As Jesus sat near the temple treasury, he watched the people as they dropped in their money. Many rich men dropped in a lot of money; then a poor widow came along and dropped in two little copper coins, worth about a penny. He called his disciples together and said to them "I tell you that this poor widow put more in the offering box than the other. For the other put in what they had to spare; but she, poor as she is, put in all she had-she gave all she had to live on."' Dean Boyd ...read more.

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